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World Commission on Dams -
Churchill River Diversion Report

Poplar by Garth Lenz

The World Commission on Dams (WCD) was an independent, international, multi-stakeholder process, which addressed controversial issues associated with large dams. It provided a unique opportunity to bring into focus many assumptions and modes of thinking at the centre of the search to reconcile economic growth, social equity, environmental conservation and political participation in these decisions.

As part of its process, the WCD commissioned numerous contributing papers that formed the basis of its November 2000 final report, Dams and Development: A New Framework for Decision-Making.

One of the 126 contributing papers summarizes the social impacts of the construction and operation of the Churchill-Nelson River Diversion project on First Nations communities in northern Manitoba, beginning in the 1970s.

Download World Commission on Dams report prepared as part of Thematic Review I.2: Dams, Indigenous People and vulnerable ethnic minorities - Lake Winnipeg Regulation Churchill-Nelson River Diversion Project in the Crees of Northern Manitoba, Canada (PDF)

The WCD completed its work with the launch of its final report in late 2000 and was subsequently disbanded.

As a follow-up to the WCD, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Dams and Development Project.

Visit United Nations Environment Programme Dams & Development Project

Source: World Commission on Dams